Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Public Reading of Wuthering Heights in Donostia

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A public reading of a Basque translation of Wuthering Heights taking place in the World Book Day in Donostia, Spain:
Liburuaren Nazioarteko Egunean, Gipuzkoa plazako Liburu Azokan Donostia Kulturaren gunean egingo diren jardueren egutegia:

April 23, 10.30-11.30 horas.
Lectura pública de Gailur ekaiztsuak, de Emily Brontë, con su traductora Irene Aldasoro y la Euskal Itzultzaile, Z
uzentzaile eta Interpreteen elkartea.

Monday, April 22, 2019

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The Guardian reviews The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins:
Instead, Collins offers us a bold and timely reinvention of the classic gothic novel: this is a story unashamedly immersed in its literary heritage. There are echoes of Jane Eyre in Frannie’s upbringing as an illegitimate child of an English plantation owner, John Langton, and his Jamaican housekeeper.  (Hannah Beckerman)
El Asombrario & Co. reviews Luciana by Pilar Tena:
Tiene pequeños ecos de Jane Eyre, pero también hay párrafos que le cabrían dentro de la boca a Emily Dickinson. Luciana es íntegra e insobornable. (Sonia Fides) (Translation)
Letralia (in Spanish) interviews the playwright and actress Claudia Schvartz:
Rolando Revagliatti: ¿De qué artistas te atraen más sus avatares que la obra?
—Tengo una pésima memoria. Los sucesos en la vida de las personas no sé si me interesan demasiado. Realmente no puedo recordar a ningún autor por sus hazañas. Si las he conocido fue a partir de la obra: Louise Labé, François Villon, William Shakespeare siempre son enigmas… Emily Brontë… a todos los leí antes y después de conocer algún hecho de su biografía. (Translation)
Cinematographe (Italy) vindicates the film Definitely, Maybe:
Sebbene sia simile alla maggior parte delle commedie prodotte in quegli anni, il lungometraggio di Adam Brooks riesce a rendersi riconoscibile e, sotto certi punti di vista, originale grazie ad un particolare espediente narrativo, necessario a mettere in moto la vera storia del film: il MacGuffin del libro di Jane Eyre, senza il quale non si sarebbe mai giunti ad un finale esaustivo. (Letizia Hushi) (Translation)
Rock My Wedding posts about a Scottish wedding with alleged Wuthering Heights hints. AnneBrontë.org celebrates the birthdays of both Charlotte Brontë and Ellen Nussey. Finally, a very curious article: Gordon Fischer Law Firm makes a legal analysis of Wuthering Heights:
Often when I’m reading fiction I’ll find estate planning-related issues that cause conflicts, both big and small, for the characters. And, while the stories may be fictitious, the lessons they give us serve as valuable reminders of the importance of quality estate planning.
One such tale I recently revisited is the 1845 gothic novel, Wuthering Heights, in which author Emily Brontë swiftly weaves in ample estate planning issues with English family drama worthy of the Kardashians.
While many estate planning laws and practices have evolved and changed since the mid-1800s, many also have not. Indeed, the outcome of failing to create a valid, quality estate plan certainly has not.
Wuthering Heights twists and turns with love, revenge, birth, and death spanning some thirty-something years from the late 1700s to 1803. Among many other plot devices, conflict rests on the real property (named Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange) that a man named Heathcliff comes to in possession of through a number of different property rights and inheritance laws. In this way English common law has its own sort of starring role in the book, a character for which Brontë shows an impressive grasp of. (Read more)
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The US premiere of Tõnu Kõrvits's Moorland Elegies,  the cycle for mixed choir and string orchestra with texts by Emily Brontë is taking place, tomorrow (April 23) in New York:
In Her Words
The University of Southern Mississippi Southern Chorale
The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
The Voorhees Choir at Rutgers University
Brandon Williams, Conductor
Meghan Wojtkiewicz, Dancer

Carnegie Hall,   Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 8 PM

National Concerts presents In Her Words, which features works by women composers and poets including the U.S. premiere of Moorland Elegies by Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits with text by Emily Brontë. Maestro Gregory Fuller conducts the University of Southern Mississippi Southern Chorale and Symphony Orchestra. The first half highlights women's voices from The Voorhees Choir at Rutgers University led by Dr. Brandon Williams. The program will include movement and dance by choreographer Alex Hagney.
More information on The University of Southern Mississippi website.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

On the 203rd anniversary of Charlotte Brontë's birth, the mourning ring is still in the news: Mental Floss, Keighley News, 6PR882...

Rebecca Nicholson in The Guardian mentions it:
Meanwhile, the Antiques Roadshow itself has provided one of its genuine save-it-until-the-end-of-the-episode reveals, as reports appeared of a woman in north Wales bringing in a ring she had found in her attic, only to discover some of Charlotte Brontë’s hair braided inside it. My attic has a carrier bag full of Christmas decorations and several posters that survive only because I’ve been saying I’ll get them framed for a number of years, so I am doubly impressed at the quality of this particular treasure. Without the hair, the ring would have been worth £25; its new, hirsute value is £20,000. Perhaps it can join one of the more macabre artefacts on display at the Brontë parsonage in Haworth: Anne’s handkerchief, stained with blood.
The Daily Mail has a list of best one hundred cultural experiences:
78. See the Brontë treasure
Treat yourself to a Treasures experience at the Brontë Parsonage. During these special hour-long sessions, a member of the curatorial team shares facts and stories about a number of carefully selected objects. From £75, bronte.org.uk (Neil Armstrong)
The Independent includes the usual Brontës on a new top-40 aka books-to-read-before-you-die:
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
You will need a cold, dead heart not to be moved by one of literature’s steeliest heroines. From the institutional cruelty of her boarding school, the “small, plain” Jane Eyre becomes a governess who demands a right to think and feel. Not many love stories take in a mad woman in the attic and a spot of therapeutic disfigurement, but this one somehow carries it off with mythic aplomb. (Ceri Radford)

Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
Will there ever be a novel that burns with more passionate intensity than Wuthering Heights? The forces that bring together its fierce heroine Catherine Earnshaw and cruel hero Heathcliff are violent and untameable, yet rooted in a childhood devotion to one another, when Heathcliff obeyed Cathy’s every command. It’s impossible to imagine this novel ever provoking quiet slumbers; Emily Brontë’s vision of nature blazes with poetry. (Chris Harvey)
The Sunday Times recommends some paperbacks:
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Normal People, about the on-off love affair of two Irish students, feels like the promising debut, succumbing to problems that the more mature Conversations managed to avoid. If that novel read like a knowing modern take on F Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night, then Normal People is more like a muted, ingenuous rewrite of Wuthering Heights. (Claire Lowdon)
The author Elizabeth Coleman chooses for The Sydney Morning Herald the books that changed her life:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Like so many teenage girls of my time, I was captivated by the brutal romance of Wuthering Heights. But what blew me away even more was learning that author Emily Brontë was a vicar’s daughter who lived a short and very sheltered life. As a teenage girl who was living a pretty sheltered life myself while aspiring to be a writer, Wuthering Heights taught me that there’s no limit to the imagination.
The Punch (Nigeria) interviews the son of the local crime writer Chief Oladejo Okediji:
But I know that the credit of being a writer is his. He had a private library in his room. He stocked the shelves with all the classics of English literature and even had all the modern writers such as D. H. Lawrence, George Bernard Shaw and the Brontë sisters. But in addition, he had books on Ifa literature, orisa traditions, and eastern spirituality. (Gbenga Adeniji)
Le Journal de Montréal (Canada) interviews the actress Isabelle Vincent:
Karine Vilder: De tous les grands classiques de la littérature, quels sont vos préférés ?
Adolescente, j’aimais beaucoup les romantiques du XIXe siècle. Comme toute jeune femme enflammée, je m’identifiais aux personnages de Stendhal (avec Le Rouge et le Noir), de Gustave Flaubert (avec Madame Bovary) ou de Charlotte Brontë (avec Jane Eyre). (Translation)
El Diario (Spain) explores the history of zombies:
La posterior Yo anduve con un zombi mezclaba aspectos del muerto viviente haitiano y su naturaleza mágica con una historia heredera del gótico femenino de las hermanas Brontë, y más concretamente de su novela Jane Eyre. La realidad colonial, pero no el esclavismo, quedaba en el trasfondo del paisaje dibujado por Jacques Tourneur y el productor Val Lewton (responsables también de La mujer pantera), quienes dotaron de una estética atmosférica, onírica y vagamente poética a este memorable cuento de terror. (Ignasi Franch) (Translation)
Brit Voyage describes a visit to the moors, including Brontë Bridge and Top Withens. The Sisters' Room visits Lothersdale and Stone Gappe. Brontë Babe Blog posts about 'Reality Versus Fantasy in Charlotte Brontë’s Roe Head Journal'.
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A curious book with Brontë-related content:
Decorating a Room of One’s Own: Conversations on Interior Design with Miss Havisham, Jane Eyre, Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennet, Ishmael, and Other Literary Notables
by Susan Harlan
Abrams Books (9 Oct. 2018)
ISBN-13: 978-1419732379

What would Little Women be without the charms of the March family’s cozy New England home? Or Wuthering Heights without the ghost-infested Wuthering Heights? Getting lost in the setting of a good book can be half the pleasure of reading, and Decorating a Room of One’s Own brings literary backdrops to the foreground in this wryly affectionate satire of interior design reporting. English professor and humorist Susan Harlan spoofs decorating culture by reimagining its subject as famous fictional homes and “interviews” the residents who reveal their true tastes: Lady Macbeth’s favorite room in the castle, or the design inspiration behind Jay Gatsby’s McMansion of unfulfilled dreams. Featuring 30 entries of notable dwellings, sidebars such as “Setting Up an Ideal Governess’s Room,” and four-color spot illustrations throughout, Decorating a Room of One’s Own is the ideal book for readers who appreciate fine literature and a good end table.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Charlotte Brontë's mourning ring is still on the news: The Smithsonian Magazine, Daily Trust (Nigeria), Dusty Old Thing, IFL Science! and The Mary Sue carry articles on it.

Bustle recommends contemporary Gothic novels based on classic books:
If you like 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Brontë, read 'The Poison Thread' by Laura Purcell

Jane Eyre follows its eponymous heroine to a lonely old manor house, where she falls in love with the master, only to learn that he keeps his supposedly insane first wife locked in the attic. Laura Purcell's The Poison Thread also centers on a woman who may or may not be insane: Ruth Butterham, an accused murderess, who claims that the clothes she sewed for her victims were cursed. (...)

If you like 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë, read 'The Lost History of Dreams' by Kris Waldherr

Wuthering Heights weaves its way into the lives of the Earnshaws, the Lintons, and the Earnshaws' adopted son, the foundling Heathcliff, as betrayal and anguish compound through generations of wrongdoing. In Kris Waldherr's The Lost History of Dreams, a woman attempts to air her family's convoluted history by telling the tale of her aunt and uncle's love affair to a post-mortem photographer. (Kristian Wilson)
Spiritual Direction explores the Easter Mysteries And The Mystic Way:
This profound truth is perfectly portrayed in Emily Brontë’s Classic Romance Wuthering Heights. However, the word Romance is far too soft, too sweet, too sentimental to describe the potent primordial passions that drew the lovers, Heathcliff and Catherine together to become as one. Catherine can only describe her love, not just by saying that she loves Heathcliff, but that she is Heathcliff and he could say the same through his love for her.
Their ultimate desire for love which is the ultimate desire of all real lovers is perfectly depicted in the first film ever made that tried to portray this love on screen. When in death they were finally laid side by side, the individual wraiths of each rose from their tombs and merged into each other to become in death what they desired in life. Then as one, they went out into their beloved paradise, the bleak Yorkshire Moors where their love was first ignited. (David Torkington)
The Fergus Falls Daily Journal talks about the author Julie Klassen:
Her primary influences are the Brontë sisters and Jane Austen and many of her settings are places she finds interesting like coaching inns and circulation libraries, but she’s also done extensive research into that period of time including taking trips to England to ensure accuracy. (Johanna Armstrong)
Cosmopolitan quotes from Wuthering Heights on a list of 'love quotes'.In The Atlantic, a grandmother asks for suggested reads for her sixteen-year-old granddaughter:
If your granddaughter would like something more challenging, there’s Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye; Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre; Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest andThe Picture of Dorian Gray; Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude; Nicole Krauss’s The History of Love; and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. These are all texts that my colleagues encountered in high school and still remember today. (J. Clara Chan)
Rutland Herald reviews a local production of The Turn of the Screw:
“She is very innocent at the beginning, a parson’s daughter who has been in a church for her whole life,” [Laura] Erle said. “She decides to become a governess because she has read ‘Jane Eyre,’ and I think fantasizes about what being a governess is and what that life could lead to. (Jim Lowe)
Samantha Leach describes her love/sex life in Glamour:
As an English major with a taste for melodrama, I loved the idea that I was involved in something that felt impossible to label—it seemed even bigger, more complex, realer. A Farewell to Arms and Wuthering Heights were some of my favorite books. I wanted a guy like Heathcliff to love me so much that he’d dig out my corpse from a grave. So on we went, silently but in tandem.
Loop (Trinidad and Tobago) interviews young writer Tamika Gibson:
What were some of the books you enjoyed as a young adult reader and a few of your favourite authors?
TG: A lot of Nancy Drew, Famous Five, and Secret Seven. I read classics over and over. 'Wide Sargasso Sea' by Jean Rhys is one of my most memorable books from my teenage years because of its language and complexity.
The Berkshire Eagle interviews the author Lauren Groff:
Benjamin Cassidy: [Heidi]Pitlor once said to me, "There's nowhere you can hide as a writer in a short story. It's a much more unforgiving form, and I think everything's kind of magnified. In a novel, it's sort of a house instead of a room." Do you agree with this description? Why or why not?
A: I do think this is true, at least in the way that I write stories; I don't know if it's empirically true of all writers. When you're in a house, you're aware of the other rooms of the house without their reality necessarily pressing in on you; in a closed room, all elements of the room are present, at least subconsciously, in your thoughts. If you write a novel, you don't have to know the contents of the room above you until you go up the stairs to explore it; you can leave the first room behind you and return to it later. Henry James spoke of stories as "loose, baggy monsters," and that relaxed nature gave us wildly strange books like "Wuthering Heights," "Moby-Dick," and "A Brief History of Seven Killings."
Joblo lists several writers/directors who would make a good team:
Cary Fukunaga/Guillermo Del Toro: If you have seen Fukunaga's Jane Eyre, you know there is already a similarity with Del Toro's Crimson Peak that could make for a match made in heaven....or hell if it were. (Alex Maidy)
Vulture, Amica (Italy) and Moviepilot (Germany) review the film After:
Todd’s heartthrob drove a muscle car and knew passages from Wuthering Heights— details that the screenwriters happily maintained — but he was also domineering; his flirtatious teasing could come off as abusive, and his tendency to police Tessa’s whereabouts could feel controlling. (Joseph Bien-Kahn)
Il tutto citando principalmente due libri: Cime tempestose (Ah, quanto ci manca il simpatico, vecchio Heathcliff!) e Orgoglio e pregiudizio. Emily Bronte e Jane Austen. Attrazione per l’eccesso e salutare equilibrio. (Rosa Baldocci) (Translation)
Tessa besucht an der Uni ein Seminar, wo sie für Jane Austens Stolz und Vorurteil argumentiert. Emily Brontës Werk Wuthering Heighs (Sturmhöhe) spielt eine wichtige Rolle und romantische Dates gehören bei ihr in geschlossene Bibliotheken. Zuletzt bewirbt sie sich für ein Praktikum bei einem Verlag.
Zu jeder literaturinteressierten Protagonistin gehört außerdem ein Traummann, der sich ebenfalls für Bücher interessiert - und vorzugsweise die Merkmale eines Mr. Darcy oder eines Heathcliffe aufweist. (Esther Stroh) (Translation)
Culturopoing (France) reviews the DVD edition of the film The Triple Echo 1972:
Le travestissement génère parfois d’étranges déclinaisons visuelles autour d’une imagerie romantique contaminée ; un peu gothique, à la Hauts de Hurlevent, comme en témoigne cette fuite du jeune homme en robe de soirée à travers la forêt, tentant d’échapper à son poursuivant. (Olivier Rossignot) (Translation)
Cuarto Poder (Spain) talks about female mental health issues:
La literatura y el cine han alimentado el estereotipo de las mujeres con trastornos mentales con personajes como Bertha Mason, en ‘Jane Eyre’, una esposa en el ático al acecho del señor Rochester. O como Catherine Earnshaw, en ‘Cumbres Borrascosas’, tóxica con quienes la amaban. Eran las locas, las que destruían todo lo que las rodeaba. Las noticias también han contribuido a esta idea, asociando a estas mujeres con el peligro y la agresividad, personas de las que conviene alejarse. (Susana Ye) (Translation)
Neeo (Spain) announces that Paramount Channel will broadcast Jane Eyre 2011 tomorrow (17:45h); Ink Trails reviews Jane Eyre, the novel.
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An experimental music alert in Santander, Spain:
The Acoustic Form: Agnès Pe, "Wuthering Heights"
April 20, 19.00h
Botín Centre, Santandder

A través de “deep listening” Pe tratará de acercarnos no solamente a lo que está en un primer plano auditivo, sino también a otras texturas y zonas periféricas del sonido, normalmente consideradas irrelevantes mediante la generación de atmósferas más complejas.

Aforo: 100 personas
Duración: 40 minutos
EDIT: El Diario Montañés gives more information:
La catalana Agnés Pe abre la jornada de mañana con Wuthering heights donde explora la intersección de la cultura sónica con las tácticas virales de ficciones y procesos sonoros. Al descomponer diferentes capas de la canción de Kate Bush, 'Wuthering heights', Pe cuestiona «qué es estar infectado por el sonido». ¿Qué algoritmos virales están en funcionamiento dentro de la cultura vibracional, además de la conocida como música generativa? ¿Que tipos de vida artificial habitan las ecologías de los mercados en la industria musical?». Esta obra investiga la deformación musical hasta la expresión más básica del sonido a través del detritus. Como la artista explica: «El pop se desarma y el paisaje se torna fluorescente». (Guillermo Balbona) (Translation)

Friday, April 19, 2019

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Many news oulets echo the news of Charlotte Brontë's mourning ring in Antiques Roadshow: North Wales Daily Post, The Yorkshire Post, The Telegraph & ArgusThe Irish Times, Fox News, Grazia DailyBlitz (Bulgaria),  Голос Одеси (Ukraine), The American ConservativeTimes of India, Brontë Society Italia ...

The York Press announces the autumn tour of The Unthanks with their Emily Brontë song cycle:
Come the autumn, The Unthanks will present The Emily Brontë Song Cycle on a 17-date British and Irish tour that will visit the National Centre for Early Music, York, on October 23 and Middleton Hall, Hull, on October 27. Special guests will be the aptly named The Bookshop Band.
The Unthanks have issued an accompanying note: "Anyone who came to the premiere at Leeds Town Hall [last December] and who feels aggrieved that the show was billed as 'the only performance' of the Emily Brontë Song Cycle, please be assured that it was the only planned date at the time.
" When a project is commissioned, the premiere is invariably scheduled before the work on the project has even begun, therefore the artist can only have limited confidence about how successful it will be. Only when the work is complete and the premiere received, can the artist begin to reflect on whether they are happy enough with the work and whether there appears to be sufficient appetite for it to warrant further exposure, such as a tour." (Charles Hutchinson)
The News Record reminds us of the existence of those poor lost souls, the Brontë haters:
Least favorite: “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë
I honestly hate both the Brontë sisters. Their writing contains such unimportant details — at least, to me it does — and the plots are so slow. I’m sure it all means something, but I honestly don’t get it. I love Jane Austen, so it’s not like I’m opposed to the genre. I’m just opposed to their writing. (Elizabeth Schmitt
The author Daniela Vilaboa may be in this same pitiful category. We read in an interview in El País (Spain):
Cecilia Ballesteros: ¿Qué libros tiene en su mesa de dormir?
Muchos, demasiados. Algún día voy a amanecer enterrada por los libros. Los que estoy leyendo: El expediente de mi madre, de András Forgách, El legado de Europa, de Stefan Zweig y Felicidad clandestina de Clarice Lispector. Los que empecé y no terminé Cumbres borrascosas, de Emily Brontë, Ada o el ardor, de Vladímir Nabokov, Amor líquido, de Zygmunt Bauman, Fima, de Amos Oz, y varios más. (Translation)
Manga.Tokyo reviews an episode of the anime show The Rising of the Shield Hero (盾の勇者の成り上が) (S01E15, Raphtalia):
The bond between Raphtalia and her friend Rifana reminded me of a Helen and Jane from Charlotte Brontë’s literature classic Jane Eyre. Helen and Jane were sent to a boarding school to become governesses and it was a harsh education. All believed there was a light at the end of the tunnel even through all the pain and hardship. The scene of Rifana becoming sick and Raphtalia comforting her was almost identical for Helen and Jane. Helen contracted a illness that was fatal and Jane stayed with her till she eventually passed on. (litakino)
Youth Ki Awaaz (India) asks a pertinent question:
In a society where novels like The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F**k and How To Win Friends And Influence People are bestsellers and Jane Eyre or The Great Gatsby are ‘ancient classics,’ what can one actually expect from people? Where did we go wrong when the former novels are considered art but the latter are merely emotional stuff? (Palak Aggarval)
Brisbane Times interviews the author Andrew Sean Greer:
Before his 16th birthday, he'd written his first full-length novel.
What was it about? "It was like Wuthering Heights, only set in 19th-century Maine, with ghosts, top hats, cloaks and carriages. It was all very melodramatic and gothic." (Greg Callaghan)
And now, that figment of hell known as... After reviews:
Yes, Hardin’s final paper is a letter to Tessa about how much he loves her that references “Wuthering Heights” way too much because the one thing they have in common is they like to read classic literature. The audience in my theater actually yelled “No!” at this part of the movie because it was so unbearably weird. (Haley Lerner in The Daily Free Press)
You know the stereotype. He is the ubiquitously tattooed bad boy on the outside, yet capable of quoting from "Wuthering Heights" or "The Great Gatsby." But perhaps so could Hannibal Lecter. And because we've dealt with this dude in any number of beach blanket movies between 1963 and 1968, we are wary from the get-go. Even when some of his poor little rich kid mishegoss is divulged (his once abusive and since never forgiven dad is the school's chancellor), we fear he is but a wolf in training. (Michael S. Goldberger in iBerkshires)
An Emily Brontë reference in a poem by Nikki-Lee Birdsey published in The Spinoff  (New Zealand). Tuexperto (in Spanish) recommends both Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights to legally download in Spanish. Finally, an alert for tonight at 8.00PM (ET), TCM broadcasts Wuthering Heights 1939.
A recent sequel/prequel/derivative of Wuthering Heights:
Back to Wuthering Heights
by Ana Moon
ISBN-13: 978-1794047778

Prequel and sequel of the immortal Emily Brontë's masterpiece. A young lover flees in the middle of the night after being rejected by his beloved Catherine. Everything will change from then on, except his passion, which can only grow in an endless spiral, like the storm that accompanies Heathcliff's heart.A novel of a lifetime, written in a classic style, with new characters, which revisits and revives the original story.What happened to Heathcliff during his absence from the house? Was he a victim or a villain? What if we could hear the characters' thoughts? What if there were unknown characters fitting in the plot? Come with me to the hidden face of Wuthering Heights and let's answer all those questions.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Guardian quotes the Brontë Society on the Charlotte Brontë mourning ring recently resurfaced:
Ann Dinsdale, principal curator at the Brontë Society & Brontë Parsonage Museum, said they had no reason to doubt the ring had been made using the author’s hair, even though its provenance was unknown.
Dinsdale said the ring would be a “lovely addition” to the museum’s collection, funds permitting. “We already have a considerable collection of Brontë hair at the museum, and there’s usually a sample on display.” (Alison Flood)
The news is also echoed on the Daily MailThe TimesCBS, 24.hu (Hungary), Hvg (Hungary), Västerviks-Tidningen (Sweden)...

Financial Times talks about the work behind the world's great wonders:
Charlotte Brontë got the inspiration for Jane Eyre while staying with a friend in Hathersage. George Eliot's characters dart in and out of Wirksworth, home of Haarlem Mill, which may or may not have inspired her “Mill on the Floss”. (Jo Ellison)
Worcester News announces (with a blunder) the performances of the Hotbuckle Productions take on Jane Eyre that will be touring the UK next month:
A spokesman said: "Hotbuckle Productions return to the Swan Theatre this May with their brand new production of Emily Brontë’s (!) timeless classic, Jane Eyre. (Gary Bills-Geddes)
Los Angeles Times on Sally Wainwright:
It also gave Wainwright an opportunity to once again explore the history of Yorkshire (“To Walk Invisible,” for those who haven’t seen it, is about the Brontë sisters, and you should see it because it is terrific.) (Mary McNamara)
Den of the Geek! is reviewing the TV series Dark Shadows:
Victoria Winters, played by Alexandre Moltke who doesn't appear in the documentary, entered the Collingwood Estate in Collinsport, Maine, on June 27, 1966. She arrived in the afternoon, disguised as a maid in a daytime drama. The series evolved into a magical love story. It was very Jane Eyre, something actress Joan Bennett knew about and took with her in her role as the matriarch of the family. (Tony Sokol)
Entertainment Weekly has some novel recommendations:
Marissa Stapley (The Last Resort): “I was swept away by Meg Donohue’s You, Me and the Sea, a dreamy, bewitching, and oh-so-modern reimagining of one of my favorite classics, Wuthering Heights. What a gorgeous take on a tortured love story!” (David Canfield)
Noted (New Zealand) interviews businesswoman Christine Maiden:
I have always been a voracious reader. As a child, I liked the classics – Jane Austen, Emily Brontë – and Gone with the Wind, which I was so intent on reading as an 11-year-old that I probably read it in one day. Before any holiday, we always visited the library to get a big supply of books. (Clare de Lore)
More After tidbits:
Mais Anna Todd revendique avoir avant tout calé son histoire sur celle des Hauts de Hurlevent, d'Emily Brontë, tout comme Helen Fielding avait en son temps offert une réinterprétation moderne d'Orgueil et préjugés, roman culte de Jane Austen, avec Bridget Jones. (Morgane Giuliani in Marie-Claire) (Translation)
Una strizzata d’occhio al topos dell’amore romantico per eccellenza, quello che spingeva il giovane Werther al suo dolore… e che porta la scrittrice a osare parallelismi tra i suoi personaggi e gli eroi romantici di Jane Austen e delle sorelle Brontë, mescolato con una spruzzata d’erotismo (i rapporti sessuali, almeno sulle pagine, sono descritti con dovizia di particolari) e il gioco è fatto. (Maria Laura Ramello in Wired) (Translation)
The author María José Navia recommends novels in Capital (Chile):
La parte soñada de Rodrigo Fresán.
Esta es una de mis novelas favoritas de la vida. La segunda entrega de una monumental trilogía compuesta por La parte inventada y La parte recordada (a publicarse en algún momento de este año). Fresán vuelve a hacer de la literatura una fiesta. La imaginación erudita/pop del autor argentino se desborda en una historia sobre dos hermanos escritores, un hombre que quiere vender el último de sus sueños en un mundo que ha dejado de soñar. Cumbres Borrascosas, la familia Brontë, Nabokov y tanto más. Un verdadero homenaje al acto de leer. (Translation)
T24 (Turkey) talks about Wide Sargasso Sea:
Geniş, Geniş Bir Deniz’de, Jane Eyre’ın odaya kapatılmış “deli” kadını tavan arasından çıkıp evine, Karayipler’e dönüyor. Rhys, Charlotte Brontë’nin başyapıtında bir hayaletten ibaret olan kadına “bir ad, Antoinette Cosway, bir yüz, bir ses ve bir geçmiş”[5] veriyor, onu somut bir karaktere dönüştürüyor. Geniş, Geniş Bir Deniz, Antoinette’in çocukluğunu, gençliğini, Rochester’la evlenişini ele alıyor; yani Jane Eyre’ın öncesine, Antoinette’in geçmişine ışık tutuyor. Brontë’nin romanıyla sadece Antoinette’in evinden zorla koparılıp İngiltere’ye götürüldüğü ve bir hiçe indirgendiği son bölümde ortaklaşıyor. Yine de, sonları aynı olsa da Geniş, Geniş Bir Deniz bağımsız bir eser olarak kendi ayakları üstünde duruyor. Rhys bir hikâyeyi tepetaklak ederek kişiliksizliğe mahkûm edilmiş bir kadını var ediyor. (Berrak Göçer) (Translation)
La Vanguardia (Spain) recommends the graphic novel La geste d'Aglaé:
Anne Simone (Francia, 1980) ha sabido crear un universo novedoso entre el cuento tradicional y la fábula subversiva. Sus referentes son contrastados y van de Simone de Beauvoir a los Beatles, de Cumbres borrascosas al teatro de Beckett. (Jordi Canyissà) (Translation)
I won't say I'm in love with Reading reviews April Lindner's Catherine. Anna James discusses her short story On Love published in I Am Heathcliff, curated by Kate Mosse in IndieThinking. The Eyre Guide shares her experience taking the VIP tour at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
Classici Audible Studios republish Wuthering Heights as an audiobook in Italy:
Cime tempestose
Emily Brontë
Letto da: Dimitri Riccio
Durata: 15 ore e 10 min
Versione integrale
Data di pubblicazione: 15 02 2019
Lingua: Italiano
Editore: Classici Audible Studios

"Se tutto il resto scomparisse e restasse solo lui, continuerei a esistere."

"Un romanzo in cui domina la violenza sugli uomini, sugli animali, sulle cose, scandito da scatti di crudeltà sia fisica sia, soprattutto, morale. Un romanzo brutale e rozzo - sono gli aggettivi utilizzati dalla critica dell'epoca - che scuoteva gli animi per la sua potenza e la sua tetraggine e che narra il consumarsi di un'inesorabile (sino a un certo punto) vendetta portata avanti con fredda meticolosità dal disumano Heathcliff. 'Cime tempestose' è un romanzo selvaggio, originale, possente, si leggeva in una recensione della 'North American Review', apparsa nel dicembre del 1848, e se la riuscita di un romanzo dovesse essere misurata unicamente sulla sua capacità evocativa, allora 'Wuthering Heights' può essere considerata una delle migliori opere mai scritte in inglese e, come affermava Charlotte Brontë in una lettera a William Smith, Ellis Bell (lo pseudonimo di Emily) era un 'uomo dal talento non comune, ma caparbio, brutale e cupo'. […]

Tomasi di Lampedusa esprimeva il suo entusiastico e ammirato giudizio su 'Cime tempestose': "Un romanzo come non ne sono mai stati scritti prima, come non saranno mai più scritti dopo. Lo si è voluto paragonare a 'Re Lear'. Ma, veramente, non a Shakespeare fa pensare Emily, ma a Freud; un Freud che alla propria spregiudicatezza e al proprio tragico disinganno unisse le più alte, le più pure doti artistiche. Si tratta di una fosca vicenda di odi, di sadismo e di represse passioni, narrate con uno stile teso e corrusco spirante, fra i tragici fatti, una selvaggia purezza." (Dall'introduzione di Frédéric Ieva)

©2012 Per la traduzione italiana: Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore. Tradotto da Laura Noulian (P)2019 Audible Studios

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A story of personal improvement and mountain hiking on RVSP:
Last year the Happy Rovers started planning a trip to Yorkshire in England. They wanted to hike the wonderful Brontë Way, in the footsteps of the Brontë sisters; to see Haworth Moore, the Brontë Parsonage Museum and Top Withins; believed to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights. They invited me to go with them and I decided to give it a go, with the understanding that I wouldn’t be joining them on their walks. There would still be plenty to do; I could visit Haworth Village, the Parsonage, and the Woolpack, the original pub filmed for long-running TV soap Emmerdale. (Teena Gates and Michelle Townsend)
Siouxland Public Media recommends Sarah Shoemaker's Mr Rochester:
Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books ever written. And in my mind, there is no greater character in fiction than that of Jane herself. So how could I resist picking up a book written from the viewpoint of Mr. Rochester? I thought it would make for a very interesting backstory to, although far from perfect, one of the most swoon worthy literary characters in all of his Byronic hero glory.
Rochester is such a complex man full of contradictions that make him sympathetic, incredibly frustrating, and far from perfect. Sarah Shoemaker introduces us to motherless, Edward, second son to a shipping tradesman, more comfortable with the servants at Thornfield Hall than with older brother or his father. Edward’s life is quite lonely. He is sent away from the family home to receive an education and lacks any knowledge of the life his father has carved out for him. Although Edward makes friends, his attachments are always short and his loneliness continues as he grows up. Thornfield Hall always lingers in his mind, but soon his older brother dashes his hopes that it will ever be Edward's true home. Although Edward does find some happiness working at a trade mill, it isn't long before his father sends him to the Rochester holdings in Jamaica. It is there that he meets Bertha Mason and where the tale becomes familiar to all Jane Eyre fans. But you do have to be patient, as Jane, herself, doesn't enter the story until 300 pages into the book. But once you reach the last third, you are treated with Rochester’s thoughts of Jane as well as experiencing classic dialog that makes Jane Eyre so memorable. (Jessi Wakefield)
The Star Tribune walks through Yorkshire and only mentions the Brontës once:
After an easy descent, we made our way into Arncliffe (from the Norse for Eagle’s Cliff), a tiny village straight out of Emily Brontë. (Dave Hage)
Publishers Weekly announces a new Penguin's Modern Library Torchbearers edition of Villette:
 Villette by Charlotte Brontë, with an introduction by Weike Wang (June 18)
Newwhistle celebrates Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility:
This one is truly a classic; if you haven’t read it, you are in for a treat, as it is one of the best debut novels ever written. (I’d put it up there with Jane Eyre and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.) (Laura LaVelle)
AV Club reviews The Handmaid's Tale graphic novel adaptation:
 It’s a choice that misses the purpose of the book entirely and robs the tale of its heft, suffering the same failures as last year’s terrible Jane Eyre adaptation. (Caitlin Rosberg)
Some After reviews:
Anna Todd, une jeune Américaine de 25 ans qui mène une vie simple, noie son ennui dans la lecture. “Hunger Games”, “Jane Eyre”, “Les Hauts du Hurle-Vent” ou encore “Orgueil et préjugés”; les classiques de la littérature comme les tendances du moment n’ont aucun secret pour elle. (Camille Sanchez in The Huffington Post) (Translation)
De smartphone registreert het moment wanneer Hardin een blauwtje loopt. Tijdens het feestje belandt Tessa in zijn kamer, en bladert ze onder andere in zijn exemplaar van Wuthering Heights waar een aantal post its in steken. Er lijkt toenadering tussen de twee te komen, maar Tessa blijft hem afwijzen want ze zit vooral met haar vriendje Noah die ze in het middelbaar leerde kennen in haar hoofd. (Bert Hertogs in Concertnews) (Translation)
Pendant 1h46, « After » raconte ainsi la romance entre une blonde – et vierge – ingénue aux lèvres charnues et un beau gosse en cuir, cynique et sauvage. Tout juste débarquée à la fac, la jolie Tessa, pourtant casée, croise la route de ce tombeur qui, lui, cite « les Hauts de Hurlevent ». (Catherine Balle in Le Parisien) (Translation)
Mais qui, comme elle, lit Gatsby le Magnifique, Les Hauts de Hurlevent et, évidemment, Orgueil et Préjugé, référence obligée de toute romance anglo-saxonne contemporaine. (Hubert Heyrendt in La Libre) (Translation)
El Mundo (Spain) finds echoes of Jane Eyre in the story of Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco. Grazia Daily is still in shock after the Charlotte Brontë mourning ring which appeared on Antiques Roadshow. Zapkode Marie reviews the recent Manga adaptation of Jane Eyre. What Rachel Wrote explores what she found walking top Top Withins. The Brussels Brontë Blog interviews Dr Kristien Hemmerechts.
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After performances in Roma, Urbania in Milano, today is the last chance to see Ottocento in Aosta:
CTB Centro Teatrale Bresciano Collaborazione artistica Le Belle Bandiere present
progetto, elaborazione drammaturgica Elena Bucci e Marco Sgrosso
interpretazione Elena Bucci e Marco Sgrosso
regia Elena Bucci, con la collaborazione di Marco Sgrosso
Sala Splendor, Aosta (Italy)

In 'Ottocento' trovano spazio e prendono vita i grandi versi e i grandi eroi della letteratura e dell’arte romantica: il gracchiare dei corvi di Poe e i ritratti sconquassati di Baudelaire, i racconti avvincenti e scabrosi di Maupassant e la limpidezza cristallina di quelli di Čechov, gli equilibri del teatro di Ibsen e i mondi complessi e torturati di Dostoevskji e Tolstoj, la poesia veggente e misconosciuta in vita di Emily Dickinson e di Emily Brontë, gli affreschi parigini di Dumas figlio, la denuncia civile di Victor Hugo accanto all’affresco umano e sociale di Thomas Mann, i lampioni della Parigi di Lautrec e Degas e il sud dorato della Francia di Van Gogh.
Further information in Aosta Sera.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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Slate reviews the novel Normal People by Sally Rooney:
The eternal appeal of this foundation explains why Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë are as much a pleasure to read now as they were 150 years ago. (Laura Miller)
Jezebel posts about the Charlotte Brontë mourning ring seen in Antiques Roadshow:
Had the hair ring not belonged to Brontë, it would have been worth about £25. But things being as they are, Munn put the ring at £20,000, or around $26,000. This honestly seems a little low, not just because the ring contains Charlotte Brontë’s hair, but because I’d think the craftsmanship required to make such a tiny braid would put it at $40,000 minimum. Munn has his opinion, and I have mine. (Lauren Evans)
The Brontës get a new high: being mentioned in BBC's Top Gear:
Bradford does not, generally, come top of the list when you think about automotive start-ups. It might have the best Industrial Museum in West Yorkshire, operate a bang-up-to-date National Science and Media museum and do a mean line in Brontë Sisters origin stories, but bespoke, low-volume specialist cars? Not so much.
But that’s changed. Because Bradford is the home of MZR Roadsports, the best thing to come out of Bradford since David Hockney or, um, Morrison’s Supermarkets. (Tom Ford)
The Mary Sue compiles a list of Riverdale references:
Although not directly mentioned, Riverdale’s resident Gothic manor, Thornhill, calls to mind Thornfield Hall, the estate owned by Edward Rochester that serves as the setting for much of Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel Jane Eyre. Just as with Thornhill in the show, the novel eventually sees Thornfield burned to the ground, but that is not necessarily bad news for the eponymous protagonist of Jane Eyre, just as the burning of Thornhill might not be bad for Cheryl.
The author, Charlotte Brontë, also has something in common with Cheryl: she had to conceal part of her identity, as Jane Eyre was first published under the gender-neutral pen name Currer Bell. (Avery Kaplan)
RTL (Luxembourg) gives lessons on net etiquette:
Don't then do the 'oh my gosh, have you seen the bit where the helicopter gets eaten by the giant mosquito at the end of Jane Eyre?'
Tribuna do Norte (Brazil) and writers and solitude:
A lista de celebridades que optaram pela solidão é enorme, por exemplo, Oscar Wilde, Emily Dickinson, Marcel Proust, Emily Brontë, J.D. Sallinger (sic), Charles Chaplin, Stanley Kubrick. (Thiago Gonzaga) (Translation)
Ràdio Capital (in Catalan) publishes about a recent event in Santa Cristina d'Aro:
El títol suggerent “Escriure: necessitat o plaer” va protagonitzar la lectura dramatitzada de cartes del segle XIX. Un mitjà de comunicació que avui ha quedat obsolet per la tecnologia informàtica. Persones properes a la biblioteca municipal com Cristina Carrión, Joan Bolaño, Carmen Gros, Marta Martí, Narcís Ruscalleda i Miquel Pelló es van posar a la pell de Jane Austen, Lord Byron, Charlotte Brontë, George Sand, Gustave Flaubert, Percy Shelley i d’Oscar Wilde per llegir part de l’epistolari que es conserva. Unes cartes que relaten el masclismeque imperava al segle XIX en el món i en especial a l’art de la paraula escrita. Tant era així que la majoria de dones que s’atrevien a entrar en aquest camp es veien obligades a amagar-se sota un pseudònim masculí. (Gerard Escaich Folch) (Translation)
Now, your After reviews/interviews dose:
Dos clásicos de la literatura que el guión, de manera bastante poco sutil, insinúa que fueron modelos para la historia de amor entre Hardin (Hero Fiennes Tiffin) y Tessa (Josephine Langford). Lo cierto es que la película está más cerca de Crepúsculo que de la perfecta comedia de modales de Austen o la tragedia romántica de Brontë. (Diario Castellanos) (Translation)
Nora Dominick & Jen Abidor: What's a book quote that will always inspire you?
Anna Todd: Probably "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same" [from Wuthering Heights] because not only is it tied to After and holds such a special place for me, but it's also one of the most romantic and deep things you can say in a tiny sentence. (Buzzfeed)
Anna Todd, qui a lu le premier livre 50 nuances de Grey en une semaine à peine, nous a confié avoir été complètement accro à cette histoire mais ne pas l'avoir copié pour autant. "Ça m’a beaucoup inspiré mais pas seulement au niveau de l'histoire d'After. Ça m’a aidé en tant que femme, romancière, à me positionner dans ce monde littéraire plutôt masculin", explique la romancière de 30 ans avant d'ajouter : "J’ai puisé dans la saga 50 nuances mais aussi dans Vampire diaries, Gossip Girl, Les hauts de Hurlevent, Orgueil et préjugés… Je n’ai pas forcément pris une chose en particulier de 50 nuances mais j’ai clairement été influencée par elle car j'en suis fan”. (Emilie Meunier in Télé-Loisirs) (Translation)
La Vanguardia (Spain) local politics column identifies Heathcliff with Gabriel Rufián. The Brussels Brontë Blog posts about a recent talk by Emma Butcher in Brussels: 'Heroes in the Brontë Juvenilia'.
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A couple of months ago, ASC records released the complete piano music of John Joubert:
The Complete Solo Piano Music of John Joubert
Duncan Honeybourne, pianist
February 22, 2019
ASC Records - Prima Facie

Duncan Honeybourne performs the complete piano music of John Joubert, the eminent composer who sadly passed away in January 2019. Joubert had written to the pianist Duncan Honeybourne to congratulate him on this new, comprehensive recording only days before his passing. The album therefore serves as a fitting tribute to his musical life.
10 Lyric Fantasy on themes from the opera Jane Eyre, Op. 144

Monday, April 15, 2019

Yesterday's Antiques Roadshow on BBC One (Erddig 2, Series 41 Episode 16) contained an unexpected item:
Fiona Bruce and Antiques Roadshow experts welcome thousands of visitors to Erddig in North Wales, the home of the Yorke family. Treasures turning up include a mourning ring connected to Charlotte Bronte, a Welsh love spoon handed down through the generations, a jade figurine from the Summer Palace in Beijing, and an 18th-century wine bottle which has links to a Scottish artist.

The Daily Express has the details:
The guest brought along a small ring for Geoffrey Munn that had been inscribed round the inside with “C.Brontë” as well as the date Charlotte died.
The Antiques Roadshow contributor explained how they had found the ring in a locked box inside her recently deceased father-in-law’s attic.
Inside the ring behind a hinge, a lock of the Jane Eyre author’s hair had been plaited and placed.
Geoffrey explained on the BBC show how memorial jewellery was common at the time.
“Here we have something from my point of view, utterly and completely credible. An exciting part of British literary culture and enormously difficult to value.
“Intrinsically it looks as though it’s some sort of nine carat gold alloy and I doubt frankly that it would be worth more than £25.
“But I think as a relic of one of the greatest romantic novelists of the 19th century, the author of Jane Eyre, that we have to put a very different sum on it indeed.
“The excitement is escalating for me and you and for everybody else because I think this tiny, tiny little thing is worth £20,000.”
The guest couldn’t believe what she was hearing as she was visibly shocked and brought her hands up to her face. (Amy Johnson)
We have known for some time that Alex Trebek is a Wuthering Heights fan but Closer Weekly gives us the details:
Even though Alex Trebek is quite the busy man these days, he still took the time to introduce one of his favorite films, and discuss a very memorable and romantic trip he once had with his wife of almost 30 years.
On Saturday, April 13, the 78-year-old attended the Wuthering Heights panel during TCM Classic Film Festival, and was more than happy to talk about the classic 1939 movie, although he did say that he was “reluctant” to do so “as I have other things going on in my life, as you know, and I didn’t know if I would have enough time doing proper research to give an introduction to the film.” He was referring to his pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
He added, “And then they told me what film they wanted me to introduce, I completely changed my mind because Wuthering Heights happens to be one of my 3 favorite films of all time.”
The iconic film was adapted from the Emily Brontë novel of the same name, and the Jeopardy! host revealed he “made it a point to go to Haworth [village in West Yorkshire] and visit the home of the Brontë family.” And he of course took his love, Jean.
“When I was engaged to my present wife Jean, whom I had, uh, indoctrinated into the Wuthering Heights story, I took her to Yorkshire and to Haworth. By then they had expanded the parsonage into a small museum and gift shop,” the TV personality said. “And Jeannie and I did what Heathcliff and Cathy [characters in the novel] do. We walked the moors. I picked Heather. We made the long trek to an old abandoned home, which had a brass plaque on it, identifying it as Top Withens. And the message on the plaque stated: ‘Although this abandoned home bears no resemblance to the home depicted in Wuthering Heights, it is thought by many to have been some kind of inspiration to Emily Bronte when she was writing about life on the moors.'”
Alex continued, “Jeanie and I started walking back towards town and we were hit by a rain storm. The rain was coming down sideways. We were drenched but we found shelter in an old abandoned sheep shed and while we were there waiting for the rain to stop, we carved our names in the stone and just like Heathcliff and Cath we enjoyed ourselves there. (crowd erupts in laughter) No, no don’t go there.”
He added, “I was thinking of one of the lines from the movie and the book, ‘whatever our souls are made of, yours and mine are the same’ and that’s the way Jeannie and I think of ourselves and that’s like Heathcliffe (sic) and Cathy.” So beautiful! (Bryan Brunati)
The Guardian reviews John Kinsella's poetry book Insomnia:
The love of wildness is everywhere – in a literary sense, too. In particular, he borrows light from Emily Brontë, especially in the poem written in January 2018 that quivers between foreboding and fresh resolve to conserve. (Kate Kellaway)
Emily Brontë Storm Poem: Jam Tree Gully, January 2018
The storm isn’t here.
It isn’t predicted. And yet
the barometer’s
needle has cast its lot –
down past the leaf, even,
down to the floor –
all is stagnant, no, a tremble of door
& window, ants moving in –
I am withdrawn & extrovert,
making sure things are
secure. Nature is life, & a bout
of high wind and sparks stirs
us to friction – what can
be destroyed needs following
up with acts of conservation.
The storm is approaching –
no, it is always here,
building above & below us,
though skies remain clear.
No, the blue slightly feathers.
Junkee talks about the new season of Netflix's The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina:
Sabrina has a picture of Emily Brontë on her wall, which makes me wonder if she’s a fan of her work or if Bronte is a witch in the Sabrina-verse. (Jenna Guillaume)
We have checked some episodes of this new Sabrina and we found that, as a matter of fact, it is Mary Shelley who is hanging on her wall.

Los Angeles Times on Jean Rhys:
Jean Rhys, a writer from the Caribbean island of Dominica, having last published a novel in 1939, spent 20 years in obscurity (mostly drinking) when the editor Diana Athill convinced her to finish writing a precursor to Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre.” “Wide Sargasso Sea,” published in 1966, became an instant classic. (Michelle Huneven)
The New York Times is visiting Persephone Books' shop in London:
Walking into the shop feels for a moment like walking back in time. Vintage posters exhort wartime women to, for instance, Join the Wrens, the British women’s naval service. But the present is here, too. In the window is a blowup of Senator Mitch McConnell’s ill-tempered remarks about Senator Elizabeth Warren in 2017, using language that sounds decidedly “Jane Eyre”-ish: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” (Sarah Lyall)
The Times publishes the obituary of the human rights lawyer Tejshree Thapa:
Growing up in Kathmandu with no television, she read the English classics:Wuthering Heights was a favourite. She was also drawn to psychology, reading Freud and Jung in high school.
Some After reviews:
Mentre After in sala registra grandi numeri al boxoffice nostrano, vale la pena concentrarsi per un attimo su un romanzo che viene citato e ha avuto un'enorme importanza per Anna Todd, l'autrice di After: parliamo, come tutti i fan sapranno, di Cime tempestose, pubblicato nel 1847 in piena epoca romantica da Emily Brontë. Sorella della Charlotte Brontë di Jane Eyre e della Anne Brontë di Agnes Grey, Emily scrisse solo questo libro, morendo poco dopo la sua pubblicazione nel 1848, ad appena 30 anni. (Domenico Misciagna in ComingSoon) (Translation)
 Żyjemy w czasach Wattpada, przetwarzania fabuł w sieci, sklejania mozaikowych historii, nagromadzenia rzeczy w rzeczach – i ten After to jest właśnie takie Love Story XXI wieku, Pretty Woman 2019, gdzie zagubiona dziewczyna wpada na miłość swojego życia, zupełnie przypadkowo delikatnego „złego” chłopca, syna rektora, londyńczyka ze ślicznym akcentem, znającego na pamięć wszystkie książki Austen i sióstr Brontë (cytuje je w całości, płacze, spoglądając na regał), posiadającego gitarę i wkupującego się do jej serca. (Radosław Pisula in Filmorg) (Translation)
 Hardin (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin) – merthogy jogi okokból mégsem hívhatják Harrynek az angol, tetkós srácot – nem egy sokoldalú karakter: érzelmi problémáit egy egykori alkoholista, jelenlegi képmutató édesapa okozza, ezért lázadó, pont annyira, hogy ne szégyellje a klasszikus irodalmi tudását, de látványosan megkérdőjelezze Mr. Darcy vagy Heathcliff szerelmét. (Rakita Vivien in Filmtekercs) (Translation)
Público (Spain) talks about British style and migration:
Pocas novelas reflejan mejor este país que las de Conan Doyle, Charlotte Brontë o George Orwell; aunque éste último nació en la India y la madre de Arthur Conan Doyle era irlandesa, al igual que el padre de Brontë. (Cristina Casero) (Translation)
Elle (Germany) lists trends on midi dresses:
In Kombination mit dem Blumen-Print fühlen wir uns dabei, als wären wir direkt einem Jane Austen oder Brontë Roman entsprungen. (Mona Tehrani) (Translation)
Corso Italia News (Italy) interviews the author Patrizia Gallina:
Eleanora Ciampa: Ripercorrendo trama e personaggi ho avvertito l’aura di Jane Austen. Hai una scrittrice alla quale sei particolarmente legata?
R. Il mio libro preferito è da anni Cime Tempestose, ma il mio genere e autore fatto su misura per me è in assoluto William Shakespeare. (Translation)
Traveler (Spain) on the selling of Ponden Hall; AnneBrontë.org posts about 'The Brontës, Butterfield And Trouble At The Mill'.
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Easter Holiday activities at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
The Museum is bustling during the school holidays and visitors can enjoy a range of activities for all the family. Have a go at our Easter trail, raid our dressing up box, or get your hands on some history!

Easter Talks and Walks, 2pm
Throughout the Easter holidays we will be offering 20 minute talks at 2pm. These talks will briefly explore different aspects of the Brontë story, from life and death in Haworth to the Brontës' early lives and the imaginary worlds they created as children. On Wednesday 17 and 24 April, instead of the talks we will be leading guided walks up onto Penistone Hill (weather permitting) to get a sense of the landscape which was was so inspirational to the whole family.

Wild Wednesday! Easter Bunny Cards: 17 April, 11am-4pm 
Hop along to our Easter holiday workshop and make a fabulous Easter bunny card to take home with you.

Wild Wednesday! Paper Easter Eggs: 24 April, 11am-4pm   
Come and join us to make an unusual three-dimensional Easter egg, made of beautiful printed papers. Maybe not as tasty as chocolate but lasts longer!

All activities free with admission to the Museum

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Stabroek News (Guyana) talks about Kevin Garbaran, a young writer who has been shortlisted for 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize:
He admires the works of Arundhati Roy and Emily Brontë, which he finds very impactful. (Lakhram Baghirat)
IndieWire reviews the musical film Guava Island:
Deni’s last name is Maroon, which brings to mind a passage from Jean Rhys’ Jamaica-set, anti-colonial novel “Wide Sargasso Sea”: “Now we are marooned, what will become of us?” The word “marooned” is often used to describe those trapped on an island, and in Jamaica it was also the name for runaway slaves. (Michael Nordine)
Daily Mail on several British tribute bands:
A postie who moves like Jagger. A bewigged Blondie clone (called Debbie Harris!). And a teacher who soars to Wuthering Heights. Event meets the UK's biggest rock 'n' roll copycats. (Adrian Deevoy)
Precisely, VillageSoup talks about the recent release of Kate Bush rarities, The Other Sides:
A remix of Bush's other well-known song, "Wuthering Heights," appears on the third CD and includes a new vocal from "The Whole Story." (Tom Von Malder)
Now, the daily dose of After reviews:
Gli ingredienti di una storia d’amore ci sono tutti: una bella ragazza casta e timida, un ragazzo tenebroso e ribelle, che proviene da una famiglia ricca e potente, un campus universitario multi razziale in cui si studiano i classici della letteratura, dai romanzi della Brontë a “Orgoglio e pregiudizio”. (Malpensa24) (Translation)
Hardin (a name that’s hard not to make a dirty joke about) is your stereotypical bad boy with a secret intellectual side. He loves to read classic novels such as Wuthering Heights.  (Amanda Steele in Fansided)
Lei è innocente, ingenua e pura. Lui bellissimo, acculturato (legge «Cime tempestose», «Orgoglio e pregiudizio», «Il grande Gatsby») e mai impaziente di fare sesso… (Gianluigi Negri in Gazzatta di Parma) (Translation)
On the page and screen, Tessa is known for her intelligence (something her mother, played by Selma Blair, doesn’t want her to squander); she first warms to Hardin when she finds a worn copy of Wuthering Heights in his bedroom. (Kesea Stahler in Refinery29)
The Daily Beast on Britain's new 'hottest' new rapper, Jimothy Lacoste:
“Rocking Burberry socks, now I’m feeling hella English,” raps Jimothy on his latest track, Getting Burberry Socks. The fashion brand, like Jimothy himself, has built its riches on Brit nostalgia, with advertising campaigns that feature male models dressed as Beefeaters—the Queen’s official guards—in fluffy black hats and postbox-red jackets; in others, young lovers in ruffled shirts prance around England’s green (and pleasant) land like fantasies from a Brontë novel. (Hannah Moore)

CN24TV (Italy) reviews a Italian production of Chekhov's The Seagull:
In una dimensione onirica e metatetrale Marcel (nei suoi panni Massimo Ranieri), critico musicale, entra ne “Il gabbiano” di Cechov e incontra i suoi personaggi. Prendono vita, simili a fantasmi, uscendo da quinte nere, fra nuvole e nebbie dagli echi brontiani di Cime Tempestose.
A visitor complains in Keighley News about the 'shocking' state of the public toilets in the Brontë Parsonage Museum car park. Literature and motherhood are discussed (with a brief Brontë passing mention) in El Periódico (Spain).

Reading in the Wings and Eclectictales review Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre respectively. WriteNOW! posts a video speculating about the date when this iconic picture of the Haworth Parsonage was taken.